Why do I need Thyroid Surgery?
Thyroid surgery is performed as treatment for thyroid nodules, cancer, and hyperthyroidism. Thyroid nodules are lumps on the thyroid gland. If these nodules are expected to be cancerous, are big enough to cause breathing or swallowing issues, or returns after being drained, a surgery may be required to remove part or the whole thyroid gland.
Types of Thyroid Surgery
- Thyroid Lobectomy: During this procedure, the surgeon will remove only the lobe that contains the suspicious nodule. The lobe will then be examined to see if cancer is present. If cancer cells exist, a total thyroidectomy may be required.
- Total Thyroidectomy: If needed, the surgeon will remove the entire thyroid gland and the surrounding lymph nodes.
Associated Risks & Things to Consider
When considering any procedure, it is best to be knowledgeable about the procedure, the recovery process, quality of life & any associated risks. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact our staff. We would love to help you.
Even though the surgery is relatively safe, there are risks associated with thyroid surgery. The risks are increased with a total throidectomy. Two common risks include:
- Hypoparathyroidism. This is a highly uncommon risk, which is associated with damage to the parathyroid gland. Supplements can be taken to counteract any negative side effects.
- Change of voice or hoarseness. The nerves around the thyroid gland also control the voice. Therefore if they are damaged during surgery, your voice could be effected.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The most common reason for thyroid surgery is thyroid cancer. A biopsy is usually performed on suspected nodules. If the result comes back positive, possible, inconclusive, or shows sign of malignancy it may be deemed appropriate to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.
Yes, we can perform endoscopic procedures, which use a several small incisions and are accomplished using a tiny camera and instruments.
The thyroid’s purpose is to make thyroid hormones, which helps the body regulate energy, body temperature, and support various functions of the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs.